A GREAT crowd rushed to Pedrina Park’s Clem Young Oval on Saturday and what they saw will live long in their memories after Tahara held on by just four runs to win the Hamilton District Cricket Association’s B grade grand final.
After the previous weekend could not come up with a winner, there were five days of nervous tension surrounding the St Andrew’s and Tahara players, leading into what would turn out to be 40 minutes of mayhem which would decide the game and the 2013-14 premiership’s fate.
The St Andrew’s hopes rested with Michael Harms and Steven Aspinall as they walked out to bat, with Tahara captain Colin Myers taking matters into his own and Jon Tonissen’s hands to open the day’s play with the ball.
A might gasp went around the ground when Harms top edged the ball straight up and high in the sky during Myers’ first over, but what would have been a regulation catch in an under-10’s game was spilled, gifting the classy batsman an important life.
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